The Beat was first launched in 2010. It is a futuristic car that has been the most important model for GM in India. When launched the Beat raised the standard for hatchbacks in India with good looks and futuristic interiors. The Beat has been designed by boffins at the GM-Daewoo design studio in South Korea and the end product is an absolute eye grabber. The first thing that commands your attention is the oversized front and the chunky grille flaunting the Chevrolet bow-tie. This gives the Beat a very dynamic stance. The high waistline and sloped roof with rails on top make the car look interesting from the side as well. To give a two-door appearance, the rear door handles have been disguised in the C pillars.
These look good but do eat up the rear window glass and can seem claustrophobic to some. The interiors have a dash with its twin console design and piano black trim looks fantastic. The superbike inspired instrument console looks great, however, a digital speedo and analogue tacho would have worked better than the existing analogue speedo and digital tachometer. The dash is fit for a higher segment car and the interiors are quite appealing. The Beat has contoured seats which offer good side support, but overall the seat is not deep enough to offer good lumbar support and the low seating position can be a problem during long drives.The Beat is available with two engines, a petrol and a diesel. T
he petrol has an mileage of 14-15 kmpl in city but the one that takes the cake is the Beat diesel which has a fantastic mileage of 25 kmpl which is great and reduces cost by a long shot. That means the price difference between the petrol and diesel is nullified by the economy of the diesel. The diesel is also reasonably quick though in highway does feel starined but overall the diesel is our choice due to its economy, the petrol is good but loses out on economy.The Chevrolet Beat has the best ride quality, not just among the three cars, but in the entire segment. The supreme ride quality also gives the car an advantage in the overall handling. The Beat feels sharp around corners and is a delight to manoeuvre through congested city traffic. The front suspension is of Mc Pherson strut and the rear suspension is of compound link type.Prices for the Beat start at 3.8 lakhs to 5.7 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. It is also available in LPG plus usual petrol and diesel. Though it has been available for a long time it still looks good and makes a great buy especially the diesel. For a detailed analysis read below.